UroMed Publishes Second E-book on Hometown Heroes Overcoming Disabilities

UroMed has released Moving Forward: Stories of Hometown Heroes, the second in a series of e-books featuring a collection of stories from their Hometown Heroes blog. Written by John E. Phillips, the stories feature four individuals who have overcome disabilities to lead successful lives and serve as inspiration to others.  The personal stories include:

  • Chet Dyreson – A paraplegic who built the first gas-powered wheelchair, and then drove across the country with it.    
  • Tony Bell – A bullrider who defied all odds just by surviving birth with a congenital disorder.
  • Karen Roy – A bubbly college student whose life changed drastically after being shot.
  • Trevor Baucom – A Black Hawk pilot whose helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.  

Moving Forward, readable on both Kindle and iPad, costs $2.99.  It is available for purchase and download at: http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Forward-Stories-Hometown-ebook/dp/B008UT77KE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344518153&sr=8-1&keywords=moving+forward+hometown+heroes

The first Hometown Heroes book, Courage, is also available on Kindle and iPad for $4.99. Click here to purchase it.

About Hometown Heroes

“The idea for Hometown Heroes was inspired by the thousands of people who participate in our online peer support community on Facebook through our non-profit program, Life After Spinal Cord Injury.  As they continually share their own stories and pictures of success in everyday life, we wanted to help spread the good news even further to eliminate stereotypes associated with disabilities and to inspire even more people who may not have yet discovered Life After Spinal Cord Injury,” says UroMed President Craig Stevens.

The Hometown Heroes series serves as an extension of “Get Out & Enjoy Life”, a program that UroMed sponsored this summer in conjunction with SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).  That program encouraged people with disabilities to “Get Out & Enjoy Life” in all 50 states by featuring a state-by-state listing of accessible vacation spots, outdoors programs, and other events.

Chet's ATV wheelchair could reach 55 mph on the interstate.

Chet Dyreson’s gas-powered wheelchair

Other Helpful Links

Hometown Heroes: https://uromed.wordpress.com/
Life After Spinal Cord Injury on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LASCIonline
Life After Spinal Cord Injury – ongoing events:  http://www.uromed.com/Company/LifeAfterSpinalCordInjury

About Life After Spinal Cord Injury
When Bert Burns was only 20 years old and a college intramural sportsman, he was hit by a drunk driver. The force of the impact threw Bert from the car. He broke his neck at C6 and C7, and learned he would have to face life as a quadriplegic. Bert spent the next six months in rehab, convinced his life was over.

A recreation therapist at Bert’s rehab hospital approached him to talk about wheelchair sports, but Bert initally showed little interest. A year later, the therapist tried again by sharing his excitement for quad rugby. Bert decided to give it a try, never knowing the dramatic, positive impact that wheelchair sports would have on his life. Years later, Bert founded UroMed, Inc., a urological supply company that he hoped would make a difference to people with disabilities.

Today, Bert devotes considerable time as a motivational speaker for youth with disabilities, rehabilitation programs, medical education seminars and other community events. Bert strives to reach out to others through public speaking because, more than anything, he wants to give other people in wheelchairs the same encouragement that he has received.

While presenting, Bert inspires others by sharing his story of winning a Gold Medal in the 1992 Paralympics and how he became a successful entrepreneur. He also gives his perspective on:

• Work/School
• Dating
• Sexuality
• Marriage
• Children
• Sports
• Bladder/Bowel Management

If you’d like to attend one of Bert’s upcoming engagements, please look at the events listed on our facebook page. And feel free to contact us to invite Bert to participate in your program.

We are always looking for more Hometown Heroes to feature! If you have a Hometown Hero that you would like to recognize, please contact us below and we’ll be glad to review their story.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Wells

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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